DIY Dictionary: Feather | The Family Handyman

Wall patches are a problem. Once the repair is done, it needs to be painted over. And even if the repair paint is a perfect match, the difference in thickness of layers will cause the patch to stand out from the surrounding area. The solution to achieve a seamless blend is an age-old technique known as “feathering.” After painting on the body of the paint patch, use the same brush—without reloading paint—to drag the paint out and over the existing wall paint. This spreads the new paint, thinning it and blending it in with the rest of the wall. A close inspection will reveal the existence of the patch, but it will pass by casual observers. Given all this, it’s no surprise that feathering is considered one of the Best Tips for Cutting in Paint.

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